|2013 NFL Mock Draft (Round 3): Kevin Hanson|
|Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 (12:00 AM)|
63. Kansas City Chiefs (draft history) - Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas|
Wilson had a disappointing season following the departure of Bobby Petrino, but he is a strong leader and as tough as any quarterback in the draft. Although there may be some concern about the size of his hands (8 3/4"), Wilson has the strong arm and the physical tools to possibly be even a (late) first-round pick this year.
There were reports earlier this offseason that the Chiefs were high on Wilson. Even though they traded for Alex Smith, it's certainly possible that Wilson is the pick if he's still available at the start of the third round.
64. Jacksonville Jaguars (draft history) - Dave Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
With ideal size (6-3, 195) for a cornerback, Amerson may be better suited for safety in the NFL. Amerson led the country in interceptions (13) in 2011, but he saw his total drop to five picks in 2012.
65. Detroit Lions (draft history) - Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
The secondary is clearly the weakest unit of the Lions defense and although they re-signed cornerback Chris Houston and safety Louis Delmas, the Lions will likely devote a pick or two to this unit.
Slay has good size (6-1, 190) and led the Bulldogs in interceptions (five) including one that was returned for a score. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if Slay was drafted ahead of his more publicized teammate that went a round earlier.
66. Oakland Raiders (draft history) - Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
Throughout the entire draft process, Scott has generated a ton of buzz and may not make it to the third round. If he does, however, I wouldn't be surprised if the Jets take him here.
Even though they traded for Matt Flynn, they only gave up a fifth-round pick. Could Flynn find himself benched in favor of another third-round rookie?
67. Philadelphia Eagles (draft history) - Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
The Eagles are without both of their starting cornerbacks from last season and no team allowed more passing touchdowns (33) than the Eagles in 2012. Nnamdi Asomugha was released and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie signed a one-year deal with the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent. While they added free agents Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, I expect them to use an early-round pick on another cornerback.
Perhaps Wreh-Wilson will be long gone by this point (example: McShay had him in Round 1 of one of his earlier mocks), but the Eagles get a corner with good size (6-1, 192, 32.5-inch arms) in the early parts of Round 3.
68. Cleveland Browns (draft history) - Sio Moore, OLB, UConn
Originally from Liberia, Moore posted strong combine numbers across the board: 4.65 forty, 38-inch vertical, 10-7 broad jump and 29 reps on bench press. Productive at UConn, Moore led the team with 15.5 tackles for loss and had 7.5 sacks (second) and 72 tackles (fourth) last season.
69. Arizona Cardinals (draft history) - Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
With Bruce Arians vertical passing attack, Glennon would be a good fit in this offense and could be the quarterback the team targets in the second round. As a former backup of Seattle's Russell Wilson, Glennon (6-7, 220) has the arm strength to make all of the throws and he threw for 4,031 yards and 31 touchdowns this past season. The knock on Glennon is lack of consistency.
70. Tennessee Titans (draft history) - Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Short led the Boilermakers in tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (7.0). While it's unlikely that Short slips to the third round, the Titans get an excellent value if he does.
71. Buffalo Bills (draft history) - Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
Greene, a two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year, led Rutgers in tackles (136) and sacks (6.0) and was second in tackles for loss (12.0). He also forced six fumbles and had two interceptions.
72. New York Jets (draft history) - Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)
Over the past two seasons, Mark Sanchez has thrown 36 interceptions, which is third most in the NFL during that span. In addition, he's tied with Philip Rivers for most fumbles (24) in the past two seasons. Although the Jets have lacked weapons on offense, The Sanchize has struggled to take care of the football.
Dysert has a big arm and mobility partly evidenced by what he did to Akron this year: 516 passing yards, six passing touchdowns and 108 rushing yards.
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (draft history) - Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
After Eifert and Ertz, Escobar is likely to be the third tight end off the board. Earlier this offseason, ex-NFL general manager Scott Pioli listed Escobar among his top 10 juniors at any position.
74. (Via CAR) San Francisco 49ers (draft history) - Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
The 49ers lost starting free safety Dashon Goldson to the Bucs via free agency and will likely draft a safety early in the draft. Thomas, the MWC Defensive Player of the Year, led the country with eight interceptions for Fresno State.
75. New Orleans Saints (draft history) - Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
At the Senior Bowl, the small-school standout more than held his own. A three-time Division II All-American, Williams has a rare combination of size (6-2, 340) and movement skills. Last year, he had 8.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles.
76. San Diego Chargers (draft history) - B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
The Chargers lost cornerbacks Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason via free agency and signed Derek Cox. In addition, the Broncos added Wes Welker to form the league's most dangerous trio of wide receivers for one of the all-time greats at quarterback.
In other words, it wouldn't surprise me if the Chargers use an early pick on a cornerback.
With average size, Webb, a four-year starter, is an explosive athlete that performed well during Senior Bowl week.
77. Miami Dolphins (draft history) - Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
One of the toughest and more productive receivers in this year's draft class, Swope surprised many by running the second-fastest forty (4.34) among wide receivers at the combine. He finished his collegiate career with 252 receptions for 3,117 yards and 24 touchdowns.
78. St. Louis Rams (draft history) - Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
With his explosive speed, Wheaton was one of the most productive receivers in college football this season. He finished the year with 91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns, all of which were career highs for the senior receiver.
79. Pittsburgh Steelers (draft history) - Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Dropping more than 20 pounds in between his junior and senior season, Ball rushed for 1,830 yards and 22 touchdowns last year. Amazingly, those numbers were down from 1,923 yards and 39 total touchdowns as a junior.
Rashard Mendenhall left via free agency to re-join his former offensive coordinator in Arizona and Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are in the final year of their contracts.
80. Dallas Cowboys (draft history) - Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
The Cowboys will need to focus on the front seven as they switch to a 4-3 scheme in 2013. Logan, who was second-team All-SEC, had 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks last year and is a good value here.
81. New York Giants (draft history) - Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn
At the combine, Lemonier ran a 4.60 forty, which tied him for third fastest with Dion Jordan and Margus Hunt among defensive linemen. While has a good motor and athleticism, Lemonier's production dipped from 2011 (13.5 TFL, 9.5 sacks) to 2012 (9.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks).
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82. Miami Dolphins (draft history) - Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
Unlikely to make out of the first two days of the draft, McDonald gives the Dolphins a long-term replacement for Dustin Keller, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Phins. Despite his size (6-4 and 267 pounds), McDonald was used mostly out of the slot at Rice and he has excellent athleticism (4.69 forty, 9-11 broad jump) and strength (31 reps at 225) for a tight end.
83. Minnesota Vikings (draft history) - Alvin Bailey, G, Arkansas
As an athletic guard prospect with a quick first step, Bailey has the versatility to play either guard position. In fact, he would sometimes switch from left to right guard within the game depending on the formation. I even heard Greg Cosell of NFL Films say that he likes Bailey more than Larry Warford.
84. Cincinnati Bengals (draft history) - Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Excluding his four reps at 225 pounds, The Honey Badger had a strong showing at the combine. He ran well and looked smooth in drills. Some team will take a chance on the defensive playmaker and the Bengals have had recent success gambling on players with baggage.
85. Washington Redskins (draft history) - Jamie Collins, DE/OLB, Southern Miss
Collins lit up the combine: 4.64 forty, 41.5-inch vertical and 11-7 broad jump. The Colts could use more pass-rushers as they finished with only 32 sacks (bottom 10 in NFL) last season.
86. Indianapolis Colts (draft history) - Cornelius Washington, DE/OLB, Georgia
Washington lacked production -- only 0.5 sacks (12th on team), 22 tackles (16th) and three tackles for loss (tied for ninth) -- last year, but he was not used in a way to exploit his strengths. Testing off the charts at the combine, Washington should be much more productive at the next level.
87. Seattle Seahawks (draft history) - Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU
With "Kiki" on the other side, Montgomery formed a talented duo with Mingo at LSU. In 2011, Montgomery led the Tigers in sacks (nine) and was a first-team All-SEC selection.
Like Mingo, however, Montgomery saw a drop in production in his junior season, but he led the team in sacks with 8.0 and finished second in tackles for loss (13.0).
For whatever reason, Montgomery was dumb enough to admit that he did not always put forth the effort last year and made a $5,000 bet with Mingo on which of the duo would get drafted first.
Based on this mock, he loses that bet by about 75 picks.
88. Green Bay Packers (draft history) - Trevardo Williams, DE/OLB, Connecticut
Williams led the Huskies in sacks (11.5) and finished third on the team in tackles for loss (13.5).
89. Houston Texans (draft history) - Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Alonso led the Ducks in tackles for loss (14.0) and ranked second on the team in tackles (81) to go with two forced fumbles and a sack.
90. Denver Broncos (draft history) - Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
The top three running backs on the Broncos depth chart are either old (Willis McGahee), injury prone (Knowshon Moreno) or a change-of-pace back (Ronnie Hillman). The Broncos will likely add a back at some point in the draft and Michael has the potential to be a featured back.
Michael has the talent, frame and athelicism to be productive and to go as early as the second round. It's the other stuff, however, that makes him a third-rounder in this mock. Michael overslept and missed a couple of interviews at the combine and didn't always see eye-to-eye with his coaches in College Station.
91. New England Patriots (draft history) - Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
After letting go of Brandon Lloyd this offseason, I would expect the Patriots to add a receiver at this spot. In fact, they nearly gave this pick to the Steelers as compensation for their offer sheet to Emmanuel Sanders, which the Steelers ended up matching.
Williams finished the season with 97 receptions for 1,832 yards, which was the most in the nation, plus 12 touchdowns and is a nice value at this spot.
92. Atlanta Falcons (draft history) - Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Having released Michael Turner, the Falcons have signed Steven Jackson to a three-year deal. While he may not see all three of those seasons, he will clearly be the team's featured back in 2013.
Unfortunately for Lattimore, he has suffered a pair of serious injuries in successive seasons, but he would have been the clear-cut top selection at running back before the injury. With SJax as the clear featured back (in 2013) and Jacquizz Rodgers as a change-of-pace back, Lattimore can continue the rehab process without running the risk of him playing before he's ready.
Then in 2014, it could be Lattimore -- not Jackson, or Rodgers -- that is the team's featured and most productive back.
93. San Francisco 49ers (draft history) - Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
Despite all of the baggage he brings with him, Rogers, who initally played for Tennessee, has the size and speed combination and a physical presence to be a big-time NFL receiver if he can stay out of trouble.
94. Baltimore Ravens (draft history) - Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
Frederick moved from guard (as a freshman and sophomore) to center (as a junior). Starting center Matt Birk retired this offseason.
95. Houston Texans (draft history) - Dallas Thomas, OT/G, Tennessee
The Texans could use a right tackle and Thomas is a versatile offensive line prospect that can play at tackle or guard and is a nice value at this spot in the draft.
96. Kansas City Chiefs (draft history) - Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Although Tavon Austin gets most of the attention, Bailey was highly productive and is a talented receiver in his own right.
Bailey had a huge season in 2012 with 114 receptions for 1,622 yards and 25 touchdowns. He had seven 100-yard games, which included three games with more than 200 yards. Against Baylor, he finished with 303 yards and five touchdowns.
Based on this chart, no receiver had more "clutch receptions" (touchdowns or first downs) than Bailey.
97. Tennessee Titans (draft history) - Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
The Titans signed Bernard Pollard, who was released by the Ravens, to a one-year deal. Far from being tall (5-8 7/8), Thomas has been compared to Bob Sanders and is aggressive and physical in run support. Although he clocked 4.42 at the combine, he was reportedly timed at 4.26 while at Syracuse.
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